Tint Skin Complexion Coverage has some noteworthy qualities, but we have to get the bad news out of the way first. Much like Beautycounter's skincare products, this tinted moisturizer contains a roundup of potentially irritating fragrant plant oils including bergamot, clary, and orange. Even if you can't see or feel the irritation, these ingredients can have negative effects on skin below the surface (see More Info).
What a shame, because Tint Skin Complexion Coverage has a hydrating, dewy finish that attractively refreshes normal to dry skin. It also contains a smattering of skin-repairing/anti-aging ingredients, although their low amounts certainly don't justify the price.
The creamy formula is dispersed via squeeze tube packaging and blends out to sheer coverage. The color range runs the gamut for fair to deep skin tones, and the shades we were able to get our hands on (Linen, Golden, and Chestnut) were flattering and skin-like.
Despite these niceties, the potential for irritancy shouldn't be ignored and the fact that the formula contains only a minimal amount of skin beneficial ingredients (and no sunscreen, while most tinted moisturizers offer this benefit) is further motivation to leave this pricey option behind.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.
Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.
For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.
Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.
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